“My personal birth experiences include an in-hospital alternative birth center and four home births, all attended by midwives. Through my own labors, I experienced feeling some of the most vulnerable yet paradoxically powerful moments in my life. I can still get misty eyed when I recall how my husband, Ed, lovingly helped me through the intensity of transition with gentle guidance from our midwives. It’s my goal to make women and their support team comfortable during labor and childbirth to best facilitate physiologic birth and hold space for moments and memories like these.”
Michele grew up in a diverse New Jersey community close to Manhattan. She considers the Broadway musical “Baby,” which explored the experiences of three women in different circumstances during pregnancy and childbirth, as one of her earliest career influences. Michele finds facilitating the support women need for optimal birth and health one of the most rewarding aspects of her practice. She is particularly interested in promoting wellness through practical nutrition, exercise and mindfulness. Michele has spent much of her career supporting women in a range of birth settings, from one of her earliest positions as a midwife in Pennsylvania where she attended home, birth center and hospital births in a largely Amish and Mennonite community, to her most recent position as a midwife in a hospital-based practice in Portland. Now, she cares for women during pregnancy, birth and beyond at WHA’s Midwifery Birth Center, where she is able to provide the unique support each person needs for a safe, natural out-of-hospital birth.
Michele has five children and a dog. She enjoys permaculture gardening, cooking and watching her children’s sports and musical performances.
Master of Science Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 1990